Farewell Nashville

I keep saying it, but I just can’t believe how fast this summer has gone by!

I spent Sunday on a farewell tour with Anne Elizabeth, one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  She picked me up and we went to Urban Grub down in 12South for brunch.

French Toast @ Urban Grub

French Toast @ Urban Grub

Then we were off to the Arrington Vineyards for a wine tasting.  The vineyard is owned by Kix Brooks!  The wine was fantastic, but nothing could beat the views.

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

Anne had seriously thought of everything that I couldn’t leave Nashville without seeing. Next we went to the Historic Downtown Franklin.  The homes were so gorgeous, I just love little areas that have been preserved like that and there seem to be a lot in Tennessee!

Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin

Next stop was a master planned community, like Seaside near Destin, FL.  The community is built so that if you don’t want to you never have to leave.  They have doctors, dentists, grocery stores, a pool and clubhouse, and everything you could need right there!  Such a neat idea, and the homes were absolutely gorgeous!

Westhaven

Westhaven

So many people had told me about the Loveless cafe, but I knew it was a little ways out of Nashville, and everything I read talked about how long the wait was to dine there.  So I never ventured down there, until Sunday!  We saw the pretty Natchez Trace Bridge and then made a pitstop at the Loveless Cafe!

Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

We stayed busy, as I’m sure you are thinking right now…. Anne knows how much I love the show Nashville, so we went by the country club and she pointed out the house that is used as Rayna’s house on the show, and also her father’s house!  I just think it’s so awesome that the whole show is filmed in Nashville!

Rayna's Gate

Rayna’s Gate

And as if the day hadn’t already been absolutely awesome, our next stop was a Jana Kramer concert.  I joked on our way over that I bet Brantley Gilbert would be there too, since they’re engaged.  We hadn’t been there ten minutes and were walking around… turned a corner and there they both were just talking!  It was so cute he sat right beside the stage just bobbing his head through her whole concert!

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer concert

Jana Kramer concert

The perfect ending to the perfect farewell tour of Nashville was dinner at Virago.  The best view of the city with the sweetest Nashvillian ever!

Nashville

Nashville

With Anne!

With Anne!

So thankful to have met her and spent this wonderful day saying goodbye to Nashville.  Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey, it’s definitely been a summer I will never forget!

For the last time….
From Nashville,
Shelby

CMA Fest

What a week, what a week!

CMA Fest… One of the biggest weeks in country music.  And I live 2 blocks from it. What a dream come true.

Monday the city was already buzzing with excitement.  Stages were being set up all over downtown and streets were already blocked off.

Tuesday

When I got home from work at 10AM my boyfriend, Chance, was here waiting on me!  I was so excited to get to share this week with him!  We walked around downtown soaking in all of the scenes.  We got to see a friend play here in Nashville, The Chance Anderson Band.  Then when we left there I spontaneously asked a scalper how much tickets for the CMT awards show were.  After chatting with him for a while Chance and I were able to score tickets!!!  I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t even realize you could get tickets to that show to be honest.  Overwhelmed with excitement we continued walking around… what else could we find?  The free daytime concerts weren’t supposed to start until Wednesday afternoon from what we had found online.  But that was definitely wrong. We were able to see Josh Thompson and Jana Kramer play the very first night!

We got tickets!!!

We got tickets!!!

Wednesday

After work, I had to have a nap.  But then it was back to Lower Broadway for more music.  Joe Diffie was scheduled to come on around 3:30, but the stage he was playing on was extremely behind.  While waiting for him to take the stage we did some exploring and ran into one of my favorite artists, Chase Rice.  We didn’t get to stay for all of Joe’s show because they were so behind we had to leave to get ready for the CMT Awards show.  The show was fantastic.  Seats were great and the music was phenomenal!  Still can’t believe we got to experience that. When we were walking out of the stadium we heard someone on a mic… we look up… and Ronnie Dunn is debuting his new single from the upstairs of Ripey’s performing for everyone walking out of the concert.  It was so cool!

Chase Rice

Chase Rice

CMT Awards

CMT Awards

Thursday

After work this morning we again went walking around downtown.  We were able to catch a David Lee Murphy concert… amazing.  But then I was needing yet another nap.  (Waking up for a morning show is tough work.)  As many of you know, I spend a lot of time on social media.  Well one of the radio stations here in Nashville had tweeted while we were out downtown saying “Who wants to see a private Gloriana concert?”  Me… being me… tweeted them back saying “Me!!!! #pickme”  Well when I woke up from my nap and checked my twitter… they had done just that!  I got VIP tickets to a private Gloriana concert with meet and greet passes!  It was so crazy.  Our seats were literally the closest chairs to the stage, and the band was very friendly!  Thanks WSIX!

WSIX

WSIX

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Gloriana

Friday

Last night our friends Jared and Allison got to town so today we had lots to show them!  We woke up relatively early and  went to Broadway for a Chase Rice performance… I think they’re all as big of fans as I am now.  PS if you haven’t heard of him, do a quick YouTube or iTunes search.  You won’t regret it!  After his concert we were just hanging around at the Bridgestone arena taking in the scene.  People were lining up for another private concert and we took a chance and asked one of the workers if they thought there would be any extra tickets.  It was our lucky day… again!  There just so happened to be exactly enough tickets for us to go to the Sirius XM Parmalee superfan concert!  Less than 50 people in the room and we somehow got to be in there!  It was fantastic, the boys quite possibly sound better live than they do on the radio!   After the concert we were all starving.  So we went down to the Gulch to Whiskey Kitchen for lunch.  They had all the windows in the restaurant open and while we were eating some light showers moved through the area.  It was gorgeous.  Then we did a little driving around to show my friends where I hangout in Nashville.  And of course went to Las Paletas for a popsicle.  YUM!  This evening we went to the Hard Rock Cafe and sat on the patio for dinner.  Soaking up all the live music and craziness of CMA Fest.  Then it was off to Tootsie’s.  It was a packed house, we snuck in the back door!  It was a fantastic day!

Chase Rice

Chase Rice

Parmalee

Parmalee

Saturday

We grabbed breakfast at a local coffee shop called Dunn Brothers then it was back to the riverfront stage for more music.  We saw Eric Paslay, Sunny Sweeny (she’s hilarious), and Corey Smith!  It was another long day of music and today it was sunny.. and quite hot!  We went out for dinner at Honky Tonk Central for more music.  After dinner it was time to walk around… take in the scene from the Shelby St Bridge and explore the candy stores!  We ended up at The Stage for the rest of the night… which is where Luke Bryan performed at during the CMT Awards.  No celebrity sightings for us, however.

Riverfront Stage

Riverfront Stage

Sweet friends

Sweet friends

Nashville

Nashville

Sunday

Chance left early early this morning to head back to Oklahoma.  Which left me to my normal workout routine and getting ready for the next week.  Jared and Allison spent the day exploring then headed home as well.

I guess it’s back to normal in Nashville!

From Tennessee,
Shelby